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The wide range of climate-related talks and events during the past two weeks makes it a real challenge to keep track of where international climate change policy is moving. Not only are the negotiations within the Climate Change Conference in Bali being held in multiple negotiating bodies and thirty-some contact groups, they have been accompanied by more side events, reports and protests than in the past, bringing even more perspectives, and energy, to the negotiations and future implementation efforts. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Latest News - Thursday, 13 December 2007

Bali, 13 December—The final stage of negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali is underway, as the 14 December deadline for ending the two-week meeting approaches. As the meeting draws to a close, the key issue of the post-2012 framework remains under discussion, with delegates discussing a “Bali roadmap” that would guide and direct the focus of negotiations as delegates look to reach a final agreement in late 2009. More.
Photo: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Bali, 10 December“Development and Climate Days at COP 13” convened in parallel to the Bali Climate Change Conference, to provide a platform for individuals and organizations working on the issues of development, adaptation and climate change to exchange experiences, and discuss challenges and emerging ideas on how to reduce vulnerability to climate change. Sessions focused on disaster reduction and extreme events, cities, health, financing adaptation, food and agriculture, community-based adaptation and energy, and communicating for communities across sectors and timescales. More.

Bali, 9 December—Running parallel to the Bali Climate Change Conference, “Forest Day” was organized on 8 December 2007 by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and co-hosted by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The first of its kind, Forest Day drew more than 800 participants, who engaged in a multi-stakeholder discussion to help shape the global forest agenda. More.

Photo: Participants during the meeting

Photo: M.S. Kaban, Indonesia’s Minister of Forestry, delivered the keynote address


UN headquarters, New York, 27 November—The first Extraordinary Session of the Conference of the Parties (ESCOP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened at UN headquarters in New York, US, on 26 November 2007, to complete consideration of agenda item 6 on the programme and budget for the biennium 2008-2009. Following extensive consultations, delegates adopted a decision that increases the budget by 4% (euro value) for the biennium 2008-2009, with 2.8% to be assessed from all parties and 1.2% to be contributed as a voluntary contribution. More.
Photo: Ositadinma Anaedu chaired the ESCOP contact group

Geneva, 24 November—The third meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 3) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) took place from 19-23 November 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland. Among other decisions, POPRC 3 approved the risk management evaluation for five chemicals, and recommended that COP 4 consider listing the following under Annex A (elimination): lindane; chlordecone; hexabromobiphenyl (HBB); and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE). A decision on the risk profile for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) was deferred until POPRC 4, scheduled to convene in October 2008. More.
Photo: L-R: Chair Arndt thanks POPRC Vice-Chair Jacqueline Alvarez for her work during her term of office

Vienna, 24 November—The Seventh Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-7), which convened from 21-23 November 2007, in Vienna, Austria, considered “Energy Efficiency for Developing Countries - Strong Policies and New Technologies.” Participants discussed policies, case studies, and initiatives related to improving and promoting energy efficiency in developing countries, as well as opportunities, barriers, and the way forward. More.
Photo: L-R: Johannes Kyrle, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs; Monyane Moleleki, Minister of Natural Resources, Lesotho; Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl, Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs; Kandeh Yumkella, Director General, UNIDO; Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer, Austrian Development Agency (ADA); and Elfriede Anna More, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.
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Key meetings in January
High-Level Symposium: Results-Oriented Development Cooperation: Pursuing National Interests: 19-20 January 2008, Cairo, Egypt
Sixth Meeting of the CBD Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing: 21-25 January 2008, Montreal, Canada
The International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting: 22-25 January 2008, Washington, DC, US
Fourth Austrian JI/CDM Workshop: 24-25 January 2008, Vienna, Austria
CSD Regional Implementation Meeting for Europe and North America: 28-29 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
A Change in Climate for Whales: Is there a Common Way Forward? - Second Pew-Sponsored Whale Symposium: 30-31 January 2008, Tokyo, Japan

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